The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: Wakching head receiving rituals
caption: shaving of heads
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.12.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.11.1936-11.2.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: I arrived just in time at the Bala to see how the men shave each others head with a small, apparently very sharp, knife leaving only a bushel standing in the middle. Only a little cold water is used to soften the hair. One youth seems to be especially talented in the art of shaving as one customer after the other is squatting on the ground in front of him to get his hair cut